Newry SRC student launches his career at United Space School

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Friday, January 27th, 2017
(L-R) Sinead O’Sullivan (former NASA research scientist and SRC student, CEO at Fusion Space Technologies), Maciej Mareh Zych from Newry (United Space School Competition Award Winner) and Brian Doran (Chief Executive, Southern Regional College)

(L-R) Sinead O’Sullivan (former NASA research scientist and SRC student), Maciej Mareh Zych from Newry and Brian Doran (Southern Regional College)

Maciej Mareh Zych from Southern Regional College’s Armagh Campus is set to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity after winning a 2-week placement to the United Space School in Houston, Texas. Maciej, who lives in Newry and is a former student at St. Joseph’s High School (Newry), entered the competition alongside fellow students from the School of Applied Science and Academic Studies at Southern Regional College (SRC) by submitting a 500-word essay and undergoing a challenging interview process. Nine students were shortlisted and interviewed by Sinead O’Sullivan (CEO at Fusion Space Technologies and former research scientist at NASA) alongside SRC academic staff. This shortlist was then whittled down to three finalists with Maciej announced as winner at today’s celebration event held in the Armagh Planetarium. Brian Doran – Chief Executive at Southern Regional College said, “We are very grateful to our sponsors Fusion Space Technologies, Queen’s University Belfast and Thales for their support in ensuring that Southern Regional College continues to provide international and unique career opportunities for our students. Prestigious placement opportunities like these provide a great launch pad for their future careers.”
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Jan End 2017Southern Regional College is the only academic institution in Northern Ireland who provides an opportunity for one of its students to attend the prestigious United Space School in Houston, Texas. The United Space School is an interdisciplinary programme that annually brings together up to 50 students from 25 different nations to study at the University of Clear Lake in Houston. Under the mentorship of engineers, scientists and leaders in the aerospace industry, they come together to design their own ‘Mission to Mars’.
Students also participate in a variety of space related activities at the Johnson Space Centre, the University of Houston Clear Lake, Rice University, Space Centre -Houston, the George Observatory at Brazos Bend State Park and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The students are hosted by families residing in Clear Lake who work within the aerospace community. This competition, now in its 3rd year at Southern Regional College, was developed in association with Sinead O’Sullivan – a former A Level student at SRC who progressed to Queen’s University Belfast to study Aeronautical Engineering after she participated in the programme herself over 12 years ago. Sinead went on to undertake space research at NASA and is now CEO of her company, Fusion Space Technologies.
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